Obituary for Distinguished Swansea Physicist Professor David Olive

Professor David Olive CBE FRS FLSW, who has died in Cambridge aged 75, was one of the pre-eminent theoretical physicists of his generation.

David Olive

David’s academic career encompassed the University of Cambridge, CERN, Imperial College and Swansea University, where together with Ian Halliday he founded the theoretical particle physics group in 1992.

David made seminal contributions to S-matrix theory, superstrings, gauge theories and mathematical physics and was awarded the Dirac Medal by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste in 1997, with his long-standing collaborator Peter Goddard.

David was a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.